Trades & Services

Shearing Shed Hand

Shearing shed hands assist shearers and wool classers by handling animals, clearing away fleeces and tidying wool sheds.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Shearing Shed Hand do?

Shearing shed hands assist shearers and wool classers by handling animals, clearing away fleeces and tidying wool sheds.

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Work activities

As a shearing shed hand, you would:

  • assist in moving animals between pens and the shed
  • clear and sort fleeces as animals are shorn
  • remove inferior and stained wool from fleeces as directed by a wool classer
  • grade wool that has been edged off fleeces
  • bundle fleeces ready for wool classing
  • sweep and tidy the wool shed.
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Key skills and interests

To become a shearing shed hand, you would need:

  • to able to work quickly for long periods
  • good physical stamina
  • teamwork skills
  • to enjoy manual tasks
  • to be willing to travel and live in remote areas.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

During shearing season you would long hours. Some shearing work is seasonal, and some shearing shed hands have other jobs during the off season.

Conditions

You may be based at one property or travel between jobs as they are available.

Shearing shed hands work in hot, dusty and noisy conditions. This role may not suit people with allergies.

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How to become an Shearing Shed Hand?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to become a shearing shed hand. You would get some training on the job. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a VET qualification in wool handling.

You can also become a shearing shed hand through a traineeship in Agriculture, Wool Handling or Advanced Wool Handling. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment opportunities for shearing shed hands are expected to remain relatively steady over the next 2-3 years, albeit the longer term outlook is for some decline.

The number of roles for shearing shed hands is dependent on the number of animals being shorn. Increasing prices for lamb meat, and live sheep exports, continue to impact on the number of sheep to be shorn nationally. Mechanisation of shearing has also had some impact. This has not yet been offset by other jobs where other animals such as goats and alpacas are shorn.

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